Conference announcement JNPLI 2016, 28-29 June, 2016, Liège, Belgium
International Conference on Industrial Laser Processing: Journees Nationales des Procedes Laser Pour L'Industrie (JNPLI)
Topics: Additive Manufacturing, Metal Welding, Micro-Machining & Texturing, Transparent Materials Processing, Advanced Beam Shaping & Delivery
Most details related to this activity are listed at Photonics21 link of SNAP
Specific information for laser systems, beam delivery/shaping, advanced fibers and fiber lasers are listed below.
Photonics21 WG 2: Photonic Tools for Manufacturing and Quality
Swiss Strategic Research Agenda - June 2014
Industrial Manufacturing and Quality - SWOT analysis
|Photonics Enabled Industries |
|Strengths ||Weakness |
- Multiple SMEs with class leading laser system products mainly in the short pulse (ps, fs) range.
- Active integrator environment with focus on high end and high power systems.
- Bystronic and Trumpf have significant production capacities in Switzerland for 2D-cutting systems.
- Job-shop density (SMEs with up to 20 people and focus on mid volume production) is one of the highest in Europe.
- Component manufacturing of central devices with high quality (pump lasers, sensors, passive optics…) takes partly place in Switzerland.
- Active research community with strong technical background.
- Leading industries are slow in implementing laser systems for manufacturing processes.
- Investments in automation is often offset by transferring packaging activities to Asia.
- Chinese competition copy-past Swiss/European laser technology.
- High labor and living cost (currency exchange rate) lead to severe price pressure and consolidation in the market place.
- Lack of specialized photonic clusters that combine industries and research.
|Opportunities ||Threats |
- In general growing demand for extra short pulse laser systems with new fields of applications.
- Micro-machining market (i.e. watch industry) with increasing interest in laser assisted manufacturing processes.
- New Photonics network creates additional demand on national level.
- Asian low cost competition.
- No strong support government support for laser industry (lack of funding).
- Slow investments from private sector.